Sta. Fe and Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya and Sta. Cruz, Ilocos Sur. The Tan Yan Kee Foundation, Inc. drove the Brigada Eskwela or the Annual School Maintenance program by the Department of Education (DepEd) in four schools, namely: Tan Yan Kee Elementary School (TYKES), Buyasyas Elementary School, Macdu Elementary School, and Sidaoen Elementary School. The schools were given cement, paint, painting tools, glass for windows and roofing materials to restore their facilities last May 18 to 21, 2014.
Due to some special needs, a window repair project was delivered to Sidaoen Elementary School instead. TYKFI and DepEd gathered school officials, parents, and students in an effort to clean and repair schools in time for enrollment, and ultimately before the start of classes last June 2. The goal is to promote teamwork and camaraderie among the teachers and families to work and refurbish the classrooms.
Last May 19, TYKES received 20 bags of cement for the school garden’s pathway and slope protection, painting materials for the refurbishment of its 4-classroom school building. While last May 20, Buyasyas Elementary School also receives painting materials for their 2-classroom school building. While Macdu Elementary School receives 37 pcs. G.I. sheets and 2 kg. nails for the completion of their school gymnasium.
The ceremony for the two schools happened on May 19 and 20 respectively, headed by TYKFI. The materials were received by their Principal Mr. Allan Paclit (for both TYKES and Buyasyas Elementary School) and for Macdu Elementary School, it was received by the School Head, Mrs. Marties Delio. As mentioned, the intent was a bit different for Sidaoen Elementary School which had a couple of broken classroom windows. As there were some instances where students got injured, and school properties were stolen, TYKFI provided assistance to Sidaoen Elementary School for the replacement of broken glass windows in their classrooms. The activity happened last May 23.
Brigada Eskwela is very much aligned to TYKFI’s values. As one of the chairman’s advocacy is primary education, TYKFI believes that it is a fundamental goal to provide assistance in making these schools’ classrooms conducive to learning and teaching.